Sunday, November 23, 2008


Happy Monday, everyone! Hope you are feeling thankful as we head into this week of turkey-licious indulgence. One of the things I really wanted to learn from my mom before she passed was how to make dressing. No one makes it like my mom. The opportunity did not present itself, so I'm going to have to try it on my own. I have never (as in EVER) cooked a Thanksgiving meal before. Not even parts of the meal....well, at least not any important parts. In fact, Scott's side of the family asks yearly that I just bring salad...I think they figure I can't really mess up chopped vegetables.

M and I went to the store the other day and, as we were walking down the main aisle, he spotted the lingerie section. Now M has only seen my bras a handful of times...and they are not a topic of regular discussion...but boy did he know how to shout "BRA, BRA, MOM, BRA, MOM, BRA, BRA!" at the top of his lungs while leaning almost completely out of the cart to point at the displays. Good, good times these are.

Onto a completely different know those balance scales? The ones that have the two weighing trays? Here's my the end of the day, if you put your sins from the day on one side and your confessions of those sins on the other, would they balance? I don't mean this in a legalistic sense but in the idea that confession of our sins to God is good for our relationship with Him.

If you have accepted the forgiveness of Jesus for your sins, then your sins are forgiven.

FOR.GIV.EN. Period. Finished. The end.

However, sanctification is a process...and, as frustrating as it is, we do still sin. You may recall in John 13 when Jesus washed His disciples' feet. Peter said "wash my hands and head, too" but Jesus declined by stating, "He who is bathed needs only to wash [his] feet, but is completely clean; and you are clean..."

Through our faith in Christ, we are clean in the sense that we are forgiven and reconciled to God...and yet living in this world our feet do get dirty. One of M's Bibles shows a guy stepping in chicken poop in illustration for this story. Yep, there are days that my feet get pretty covered with the chicken poop of gossip, pride, selfishness, and idolatry (including BLOGGING!). And they need...I be washed clean.

Think about when you have been wronged by someone you love and how genuine repentance and remorse by that person brings healing and growth to the relationship. Without repentance and remorse, the relationship will suffer. Perhaps, in shame, that person will begin to avoid you, possibly even cutting all ties with you. The same can happen with God and us. Whether or not we realize it, our sins can begin to weigh heavy upon our shoulders and the guilt causes us to stop seeking after God. Intimacy is broken. Additionally, our confessions basically say that we stand in agreement with what God says in sinful and, therefore, harmful to us. We line up our thinking with His. We submit to His truth.

Can't think of any sins to confess? Ask God to show you! Job inquired, "How many [are] my iniquities and sins? Make me know my transgression and my sin." Then you can pray Psalm 51 as a prayer requesting forgiveness.

Psalm 66:18 says, "If I regard iniquity in my heart, The Lord will not hear." I do believe this is true and that we need to be mindful of this verse. But if today you are holding onto the guilt and shame of sin and it's keeping you from sweet fellowship with God, allow these verses to hug your heart:

Psalm 86:5 For You, Lord, [are] good, and ready to forgive, And abundant in mercy to all those who call upon You.

1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

I edited this w/out sound (my computer is on strike) so I have no clue if I cut off anything cute...

edited2add: Rebecca's Mark is home from Iraq and has shared a wonderfully encouraging post HERE!


Jenna said...

GREAT reminder, Tish!

Stefanie said...

Thanks for that, Tish. You are so right, confession and repentance are for OUR benefit, to keep our relationship intimate with Him.
Okay, how cute is that boy!? Hot tea? Bra? What's next???

dan and rachel said...

i just listened to a sermon yesterday on confession! very interesting that you posted on this as well!

matthew is darling! love "hot tea". so cute!

Andrea said...

LOVE IT! Look who woke up perky this morning.
You go for that DRESSING girl!
You have probably seen Mama do it so many times you could do it with your eyes closed, AND she will be smiling whether it turns out the way you'd hoped or not.BY the time you pass it onto yur daughter- you will have it perfected.
BRA! LOL! I think he gets that from SCOT'S people. ;)

Love you,


Tami said...

Oh Tish, I can so relate to the Thanksgiving dressing! I was super close with my aunt. She was like a second mom to me, and made the most fabulous stuffing. I thing everyone in the family looked forward to, and enjoyed her stuffing even more than the turkey!

The first Thanksgiving after she passed was very difficult. My mom and I decided to make it together, of course with lots of tears. It was hard, but as we made it, we felt a connection to my aunt that really warmed our hearts. Inevitably, it wasn't nearly as good as hers, but we felt her with us that day. We make it every Thanksgiving in remembrance of her, and each year we say it's missing something, knowing full well it will NEVER be like hers, but that's the way it's supposed to be:-), and I don't think we would really want to be able to duplicate it.

Hugs to you!

Lisa said...

I was coated in the "chicken poop" most of the weekend...thanks for reminding us its okay to ask "forgiveness" & still vow to do better the next time!
I enjoy your posts so much & the pictures of darling M alway leave me wanting more!
Wishing you a peaceful & loving Thanksgiving too! Please try your hand at the dressing & consider involving M in the process (kids make any endeavor so joyful!), as well as,try adding a new twist to the recipe to make it just your own....a new family tradition born of remembrance, honor & love for your beautiful Mom.
Lisa C.

Mark, Rebecca and Sophia said...

Love the post, and appreciate the shout out!

Dianne said...

The sermon yesterday was on that very subject. Very interesting!!

I love to hear M. talk, so sweet.

Rebecca of "China, Baby!" said...

He knows BRA already??? Geesh.

I, too, often get asked to bring salad. This year I was "graduated" to dressing and gravy. :)

I loved your devotional about confession. That was SOOOOO good!! There should be NO room for pride in any of us... we all need forgiveness - every day!!!

Love you!

Beverly said...

he is so cute.

kari said...

first off- the bra thing, very funny...

secondly- a much needed reminder for me today. off to spend some time on my knees...


Shannon of "Room for More" said...

great reminder. adorable kiddo. bra? yikes! : ) Happy Thanksgiving!